MATTY'S MEMORIAL 5K RUN/WALK & FAMILY FUN DAY
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Quonset Point - North Kingstown, RI
Join us for RI's largest Run/Walk to support children diagnosed with epilepsy and their families.
9:00 - 11:00 Pre-race Family Fun Zone & Matty's Mighty Dash for kids. Dashers will receive a Dash t-shirt & prize!
11:00 a.m. USATF Sanctioned 5k: run or walk and support a great cause
2017 5k t-shirts for the first 300 5k registrants
Cash Prize for top male and top female 5k finisher
$25.00 until May 19th
$35.00 May 20th-26th
Matty’s Mighty Dash $10.00
About Matthew “Matty” Siravo
Matthew Siravo was born on February 18, 1998, the son of Debra and Richard Siravo of Wakefield, Rhode Island. Matthew was a healthy newborn child with no diagnosed medical conditions during most of his first year of life. Ten days before his first birthday, Matty suffered a gran mal seizure during the early morning of February 8, 1999.
Doctors at Hasbro Childrens Hospital performed a comprehensive evaluation and confirmed that Matty suffered an extensive seizure. There was no family history of seizures. Two weeks later, he suffered a second seizure and was taken to a hospital for treatment. The community hospital was unable to control the seizure and mistakenly caused an infiltration of medicine on the backside of his righthand, which required immediate plastic surgery and intensive care treatment at Hasbro Childrens Hospital. A skin graph from his groin was taken to cover the affected area.
Matty continued to have seizures that were eventually controlled by medicine. As he grew in age, intervention services helped him make significant progress in his speech and other skills. He was one of the happiest children at the pre-school always smiling, listening to music and saying “hi” to everyone.
In May 2003, Matthew underwent brain surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. The surgery reportedly went well however, Matthew suffered a prolonged seizure while in recovery, which caused cardiac arrest and massive brain damage. Matthew died peacefully on May 11, 2003, Mother’s Day, surrounded by his family and while his favorite church music played by his bedside.